Honda rewrite the record books in the Moto3 (formerly 125cc) class today. The victory achieved by Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) was the company’s 206th in the category, another record, and its 17th from this year’s 18 races.

Honda’s NSF250RW machine has so dominated 2017 that Joan Mir (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) made sure of the title in Australia, with two rounds remaining. This was Honda’s 16th Riders World Championship in the category since 1961. And two weeks ago in Malaysia, Honda secured its 17th Constructors World Championship in the class since 1961, yet another record.

Martin’s first Grand Prix victory, at the end of his 50th World Championship race, was hugely popular and richly deserved. The 19-year-old scored his eighth pole position of 2017 yesterday but still had to win his first GP. He fixed that problem today in superb style, leading from the start, then breaking clear of the pack when Gabriel Rodrigo (KTM) crashed just behind him, sending Mir off the track and demoting him to 19th.

By half-distance Martin was five seconds ahead of the chasing pack, which featured a dozen riders, covered by just two seconds. Mir was the star of this battle, fighting his way back into podium contention, then securing second place in the final laps. This incredible result broke the record for the most points scored in one season in the junior class. Mir’s average score was 18.9 points per race!

Marcos Ramirez (KTM) took the final place on the podium, crossing the line 0.117 second behind Mir and 0.076 seconds ahead of Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda NSF250RW), the championship runner-up.

The group from second place to ninth place crossed the finish line covered by 1.458 seconds! Enea Bastianini (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) completed his season with a strong fifth place. Juanfran Guevara (KTM) was sixth, Dennis Foggia (KTM) seventh, John McPhee (British Talent Team Honda NSF250RW) eighth and three-times 2017 race winner Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) ninth.

Kazuki Masaki (Asia Talent Team Honda NSF250RW) deserves a special mention for his superb ride to tenth in his debut Grand Prix event. The 17-year-old from Fukuoka usually contests the Moto3 Junior World Championship, so this was his first ride against world-class talent and he proved himself more than up to the task, finishing less than three seconds off the podium!

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) finished just behind his young compatriot in 11th, to make it eight Hondas in the top 11. Ayumu Sasaki (SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW) finished 13th.

Preparations for MotoGP 2018 begin here on Tuesday, with Moto2 and Moto2 starting their offseason tests at Jerez on Wednesday.

Jorge Martin

Jorge Martin 88

1st

“I wanted to pull away right from the start, but then Rodrigo tried to pass me and from then it was not easy. When I got back to the front and saw that I had a two-second gap I kept pushing until the end. It was not easy to stay fully focused but today – maybe for the first time this weekend – I did not make any mistake, and that never happened before. To win the last race of the season is truly amazing, but we will back on track in two weeks and we must work hard to try and get to the top in 2018.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Joan Mir

Joan Mir 36

2nd

"It was a pity about what happened on the third lap: for the rhythm I could have fought for victory over Jorge [Martin]. I want to remember this last race in Moto3 with a special flavour for this comeback and for the warmth of the whole audience. I could not match Valentino's record, but I gave it my all and tried it until the end. Today is also the last experience with Christian Lundberg, who has accompanied me in these two seasons: together with Leopard Racing we have formed a family, true and united, it will not be easy to find another."

Leopard Racing
Romano Fenati

Romano Fenati 5

4th

“Today was quite a difficult race and I am very happy to finish fourth. Qualifying wasn’t so easy for us, so we had to start from 13th on the grid, which is always bad, but especially here because the track is so tight and narrow. In the end, I enjoyed the fight and we only missed the podium by a fraction of a second, so I can be happy with this last race in Moto3. Now I look forward to my new adventure in Moto2!”

Marinelli Rivacold Snipers
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Moto3 2017, Round 18

Sunday 12 Nov 2017, 14:51 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Martin 88 SPA 25 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 40'02.193
2 Joan Mir 36 SPA 20 Leopard Racing Honda +3.760
3 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 16 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM +3.877
4 Romano Fenati 5 ITA 13 Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda +3.953
5 Enea Bastianini 33 ITA 11 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +3.999
6 Juanfran Guevara 58 SPA 10 RBA Racing Team KTM +4.940
7 Dennis Foggia 10 ITA 9 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM +4.735
8 John Mcphee 17 GBR 8 British Talent Team Honda +5.071
9 Aron Canet 44 SPA 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +5.218
10 Kazuki Masaki 39 JPN 6 Asia Talent Team Honda +6.462
11 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN 5 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +6.544
12 Bo Bendsneyder 64 NDL 4 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +6.633
13 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 3 SIC Racing Team Honda +8.687
14 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA 2 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +16.100
15 Philipp Oettl 65 GER 1 Schedl GP Racing KTM +16.156
16 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 0 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +16.263
17 Adam Norrodin 7 MAL 0 SIC Racing Team Honda +16.398
18 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 0 Peugeot SaxoPrint RTG Peugeot +33.128
19 Jules Danilo 95 FRA 0 Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda +33.807
20 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 0 Mahindra Motard Aspar Mahindra +34.360
21 Nakarin Atiratphuvap 41 THA 0 Honda Team Asia Honda +34.629
22 Manuel Pagliani 96 ITA 0 CIP Mahindra +34.403
23 Albert Arenas 75 SPA 0 Mahindra Motard Aspar Mahindra +34.958
24 Kaito Toba 27 JPN 0 Honda Team Asia Honda +35.730
25 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA 0 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +39.331
Saturday 11 Nov 2017, 13:01 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Martin 88 SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 1'38.428
2 Joan Mir 36 SPA Leopard Racing Honda 1'38.873
3 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM RBA Racing Team KTM 1'38.976
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 1'39.308
5 Enea Bastianini 33 ITA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 1'39.319
6 Aron Canet 44 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 1'39.399
7 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN SIC Racing Team Honda 1'39.492
8 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM 1'39.492
9 Fabio di Giannantonio 21 ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 1'39.521
10 Bo Bendsneyder 64 NDL Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 1'39.536
11 Juanfran Guevara 58 SPA RBA Racing Team KTM 1'39.551
12 Adam Norrodin 7 MAL SIC Racing Team Honda 1'39.615
13 Romano Fenati 5 ITA Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda 1'39.699
14 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 1'39.826
15 Dennis Foggia 10 ITA Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM 1'39.827
16 Philipp Oettl 65 GER Schedl GP Racing KTM 1'39.946
17 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Mahindra Motard Aspar Mahindra 1'39.966
Rider Standings
Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Joan MIR 36 SPA 341 Leopard Racing Honda
2 Romano FENATI 5 ITA 248 Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda
3 Aron CANET 44 SPA 199 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
4 Jorge MARTIN 88 SPA 196 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
5 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO 21 ITA 153 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
6 Enea BASTIANINI 33 ITA 141 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
7 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 131 British Talent Team Honda
8 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 122 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM
9 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 118 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
10 Philipp OETTL 65 GER 105 Schedl GP Racing KTM
11 Juanfran GUEVARA 58 SPA 88 RBA Racing Team KTM
12 Nicolò BULEGA 8 ITA 84 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
13 Livio LOI 11 BEL 80 Leopard Racing Honda
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 71 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
15 Bo BENDSNEYDER 64 NDL 65 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
16 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 54 RBA Racing Team KTM
17 Adam NORRODIN 7 MAL 42 SIC Racing Team Honda
18 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 38 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
19 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 35 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM
20 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 32 SIC Racing Team Honda
21 Jules DANILO 95 FRA 29 Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda
22 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 26 Peugeot SaxoPrint RTG Peugeot
23 Marco BEZZECCHI 12 ITA 20 CIP Mahindra
24 Dennis FOGGIA 10 ITA 19 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM
25 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAP 41 THA 16 Honda Team Asia Honda
26 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 14 Mahindra Motard Aspar Mahindra
27 Jaume MASIA 15 SPA 13 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM
28 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 9 Mahindra Motard Aspar Mahindra
29 Manuel PAGLIANI 96 ITA 8 CIP Mahindra
30 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 7 Honda Team Asia Honda
31 Kazuki MASAKI 39 JPN 6 Asia Talent Team Honda
32 Danny KENT 52 GBR 6 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
33 Alex FABBRI 57 RSM 3 Minimoto Portomaggiore Mahindra
34 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 1 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda